Bocce in the West

You can play the Italian game of bowling at wineries in California.

Taste Wine Play Bocce, illus. by Michael Klein


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"What other sport can be played with a wineglass in one hand?" asks Brent Randol of the St. Helena Bocce Club. At these wineries, patrons play free.

ARMIDA WINERY Healdsburg, Calif. The regulation court is garnished by a rose garden and eye-popping views of the Russian River Valley. Enjoy a free tasting or buy a bottle and fixings for a picnic on the deck. (707) 433-2222,

BYINGTON VINEYARD & WINERY Los Gatos, Calif. Bowl on this crushed-shell court nestled between a wooden arbor and a pinot noir vineyard that looks out over Monterey Bay. (408) 354-1111,

DIAMOND OAKS WINERY Oakville, Calif. Grounds include a picnic area with a court set amid oaks and cypresses, with views of Napa Valley. (707) 948-3000,

PEDRONCELLI WINERY Geyserville, Calif. Try this crushed-granite court in late afternoon—after a free winetasting—and catch the sunset from the deck. (707) 857-3531,

SUMMERS ESTATE WINES Calistoga, Calif. This oyster-shell court looks out on vineyards and a geyser known as Old Faithful. (707) 942-5508,

Illustration by Michael Klein

This article was first published in September 2006. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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